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Applications required again for free or reduced school meals: Families who need assistance paying for school meals will be required to submit an application for free and reduced price school meals for the first time since 2020. The change comes with Congress’ passing of the $3 billion Keep Kids Fed Act, which reinstates a requirement, suspended during the pandemic, that low-income students who fall above the poverty line pay a reduced price for school meals.
Troy High School grad awarded DFC for role in rescue: Air Force Technical Sergeant Kris Goyen, 37, a 2003 graduate of Troy High School, was recently awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions in the October 31, 2020, rescue of Philipe Walton, 27, an American citizen living on his farm in Massalata, Niger, West Africa.
Troy City Council Budget meeting; water/sewer/public works budget, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 7, council chambers.
Flags to half staff for Highland Park: As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of gun violence perpetrated on our Independence Day, July 4, 2022, in Highland Park, Illinois, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, July 9, 2022.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Moyie Springs City Council meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, city hall, 3331 Roosevelt Road.
ITD seeking comment on seven-year plan: The Idaho Transportation Department is asking for input on the just-released draft Idaho Transportation Investment Program. The 2023-2029 ITIP is a seven-year master plan of the state’s transportation improvement projects. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Projects can range from large-scale interstate improvements to smaller projects like the installation of a new guardrail.
Boundary County Commission agenda, week of July 4
Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative board meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, July 18, Boundary County Annex, 6566 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
More livestock falls prey to grizzlies: Idaho Fish and Game staff were recently notified of livestock that were killed in late June in the Panhandle. The first incident occurred on June 24 and was reported to Fish and Game on June 27. A pig was killed by a confirmed grizzly bear near Good Grief in Boundary County, just south of the Canadian border. In response to the incident, a Fish and Game Conservation Officer along with USDA Wildlife Services staff investigated the scene, provided the landowner with electric fencing to secure remaining livestock and set traps on the property to try and capture the bear.
Flood watch in effect through holiday weekend: The National Weather Service, Spokane, has issued a flood watch for North Idaho and northwest Washington, in effect from Saturday evening to Monday evening. As several rounds of slow-moving thunderstorms move through, flash flooding is possible.
No fireworks on our National Forests: As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests would like to remind visitors that fireworks, and the possession of fireworks, are prohibited on National Forest System lands, regardless of weather conditions or holidays. Exploding targets and other pyrotechnic devices, such as Tannerite, are also prohibited on public lands administered by the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
CdA Police seeking info on abandoned newborn: The Coeur d'Alene Police Department is trying to identify the mother of a baby who was left at the doorstep of a Rockwood Lodge Apartment, 2001 W Voltaire Lane, this morning. Authorities responded to the apartment at 6 a.m. and found a newborn wrapped in a towel and placed in a stroller outside.
Fourth of July in the best places on Earth: When it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July, there's no place better to be than right here, with day-long community celebrations in Bonners Ferry, Eastport and Troy on Monday that are unsurpassed! Here's a look at what all will be happening.
New rule allows debt collection through social media: The Department of Finance is advising Idaho consumers that debt collectors may now use non-traditional avenues to communicate with consumers when attempting to collect a debt. These avenues may include friend requests and private messages on social media channels including Facebook, text messages and e-mail.
Bonners Ferry highway project shifting gears: Operations within the ongoing work zone on U.S. Highway 95 in Bonners Ferry will shift shortly after the Fourth of July holiday as crews begin paving the southbound lane. All work this season will focus on building a three-lane section featuring wider shoulders and sidewalks on both sides between Eisenhower Street and Alderson Lane.
One dead, three missing in Pend Oreille River boat accident: UPDATE: The bodies of Gregory J. Daiker, age 59, of Laclede, Aaron J. Faulhaber, age 49, of Laclede, Jason L. Maxson, age 51, of Laclede, & John R. Schulte, age 59, of Sandpoint, were recovered from the Pend Oreille River after a boat capsized Tuesday evening. 

At about 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office was advised that a performance-style boat had capsized on the Pend Oreille River near Thama. It was reported that there were four persons on board. Their Marine Division and Dive Team responded and recovered the deceased body of one of the occupants.
Officers on lookout for impaired drivers: As Idahoans hit the road this weekend to celebrate Independence Day, The Bonners Ferry Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across Idaho to keep roads free from impaired driving. Beginning Friday through July 9, officers will dedicate patrols to looking for drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol. This is part of a statewide effort involving officers from more than 50 law enforcement agencies.
School work getting underway ...
Boundary County School District 101 is excited to start major projects at Naples Elementary and Mount Hall Elementary. "We are thankful to work with a local company, BF Builders!" said superintendent Jan Bayer. "Randy has been amazing and we look forward to construction updates." The projects are possible because of Pandemic Relief (ESSR) Funds.
Boundary County First Judicial District Court dispositions
Owen Benjamin: 'They're drunks, liberals from California:' Owen Benjamin posted a nearly three-hour web stream this morning, lauding his own comedic genius and turning his rapier-like "edgy" wit on those who spoke in opposition to his "Beartaria" conditional use proposal at a Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing Thursday. Struggle Bear LLC is seeking the permit to waive a violation and to allow continued development of cabins on a ten-acre parcel on the Moyie River accessed by Earl Lane Road.
Ground breaking ...
By Renae Cooper
The Kootenai Tribal Economic Development Committee hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, June 22, for the Sturgeon Station Travel Center near Three Mile. Over 100 members of the tribal community and staff were in attendance. Words of prayer and blessings were shared and several speeches were made by those instrumental in moving this project forward. Construction on Sturgeon Station is set to begin the first week of July, with opening set for spring, 2023. From left to right; Angela Cooper, Kym Cooper, project manager Dennis Weed, Desire Aitken, Clara Dunnington, Velma Bahe, Dianne David, Gary Aitken Jr. and Xavier Boychief.
Beartaria decision deferred to county commissioners: Self-described Hollywood A-list comedian Owen Benjamin conceded at public hearing tonight that the community might have reason for concern, based on misinformation, but told the Boundary County Planning and Zoning Commission that it was misinformation and misunderstanding that tainted the perception of his proposed "Beartaria" development on Earl Lane Road on the Moyie River. That as a "controversial" comic, he was taken out of context.
Events & Entertainment
Announcing Alpha+ Summer Robotics Camp 2022: Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team Alpha+ will host its fifth annual Summer Robotics Camp in July to introduce young students to the fun and excitement of robotics and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Student teams will design, build, and program LEGO robots, culminating in an exciting tournament on the last day of camp.
High school reunion planners searching for classmates: Graduates of the Bonners Ferry High School Class of 1977 are planning a reunion dinner to be held on Saturday, July 23, at the Kootenai River Brewing Co. It’s been nearly 45 years since some classmates have seen each other, back when Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner and Stevie Wonder ruled the airwaves. Interest is strong in having a big, successful event.
Two Tones Cafe celebrating fourth anniversary: Two Tones Cafe opened the summer of 2018, and Tony and the crew will celebrate their four-year anniversary Saturday, July 9, and you're invited! Norman Baker and his band will be livening up the secret garden patio and there'll be great food specials to go along with it. It's their way of saying "thank you all for being our guests for four years!"
Shelman Realty joins forces with ERA Real Estate: ERA® Real Estate, a global franchising leader within the Realogy family of brands, today announced the affiliation of ERA Shelman Realty, 6737 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry. The firm has served the community since 1963. Co-owners Mark and Loralee Carey bought the firm in 2018 from Mark’s brother Steve Carey, who bought the brokerage from the original founder, Monk Shelman, in 1991.
Lynn and Leah Jantz 2021 Conservation Farmers of the Year: Each year the Boundary Soil Conservation District looks back over the previous farming season and nominates and chooses a local farmer who went above and beyond. BSCD is pleased to announce their choice for 2021 Conservation Farmer of the Year to Kootenai Valley Ranch Inc., also known as Lynn and Leah Jantz. KVR is deeply rooted in agriculture, as well as soil and water conservation.
Toasty Mobile Saunas coming to Iron Mike's: Toasty Mobile Saunas will be offering hourly open sauna sessions at Iron Mike's Gym, 64450 US-2, Bonners Ferry, with one of their beautiful mobile saunas in the lot from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, beginning April 7. Come and experience the warm, soft heat of a traditional wood-fired sauna!
Linda Lederhos now Rotary president: Linda Lederhos took over the role of president for the Rotary club of Bonners Ferry last week, and this week she was guest speaker, talking about her plans for the future of the club. The Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry works to bring together business and professional community leaders to provide humanitarian service to others within our community and our world.
Boundary County students earn NIC dean's list honors: North Idaho College recently announced its Dean’s List for the spring 2022 semester. Students eligible for the NIC Dean’s List must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits and obtain a grade point average of 3.75 or above.
BCMS announces second semester honor roll: Boundary County Middle School has identified its top scholars for the second semester. They are ...
Halls welcome Charley Jade: Christine and Adam Hall welcomed daughter Charley Jade June 1, and big brother Theo couldn't be more proud. Born at Duke Regional Hospital, Durham, North Carolina, she weighed seven pounds, seven ounces and was 19 inches long.
County has 16 students on U of I Dean's List: A total of 2,479 students qualified for the University of Idaho's Dean’s List for the Spring 2022 semester, which ended May 13, 16 of them from Boundary County. To qualify for the Dean’s List, U of I students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 graded credits during the semester.
Rickter to wrestle for Waldorf University: Bonners Ferry High School Badger wrestler and Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club member Jackson Rickter recently signed a letter of intent to wrestle for the Warriors of Waldorf University, Forest City, Iowa, an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics division school. Jackson is a two time state placer, taking second this year for the Badgers.
Teigan Banning makes All-Idaho baseball team: Bonners Ferry Badger Teigan Banning, a multi-sport junior and the son of Jesse and Katie Banning, is the sole North Idaho player to be named to the All-Idaho 3A baseball team. Sophomore Trey Bateman was named to the All-State second team. Sophomore Trey Bateman was named to the All-State second team.
IDFG sets chinook season: The Idaho Fish and Game Commission met via conference call and approved the proposed summer chinook salmon seasons for the South Fork Salmon and Upper Salmon rivers as well as the Lochsa River. The seasons are set to open Saturday, June 18, and will remain open seven days a week until harvest goals are achieved. This will be the first time a Chinook fishery has been open in the Upper Salmon River fishery since 2019, and the first for the section below the Pahsimeroi River since 2018.
Savannah Rickter to wrestle at junior nationals: Badger wrestler and Bonners Ferry Wrestling Club member Savannah Rickter has been invited to be on Team Idaho junior girls national team to compete for Idaho at Junior Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is huge for this badger sophomore. She departs for Boise today to join the best girls in the state to train for a few days before they head out to nationals.
Kootenai River Angler Science Program off to a good start: Staff with Idaho Fish and Game and anglers on the Kootenai River struck a sweet partnership to benefit how the burbot fishery in the river is managed, and both anglers and the burbot fishery win big with the Kootenai River Angler Science Program. Anglers got to do what they do best - fish! While fishing, they could opt to participate in the Kootenai River Angler Science Program by filling out creel packets and logbooks and reporting any tags they saw in any burbot they caught. By T.J. Ross
Sorry, Big Bear ... no: I woke this morning to two identical emails, both from Alex Pratt. I know they didn't come from Owen Benjamin himself, just as I know Owen didn't show up himself to interrogate me last year after I published my initial article regarding Beartaria. Owen Benjamin can claim innocence. But I have little doubt that Big Bear was behind it, fitting a pattern. He's an instigator.
Only fools believe: A fool is defined as a person who acts unwisely or imprudently, and a good way to identify a fool is to prove that he or she denies the existence or validity of a thing that is real, true or valid ... refusing to see truth. An undeniable aspect of a fool is that rather than to see or accept a truth, often simple, logical and obvious, they instead imagine and cling to ideas and concepts easily disputed as lies and continue to reach for ever more far-fetched and false explanations by which to support and defend "their" truth. By Mike Weland
Celebrating Idaho's right to life affirmation: In the Idaho Republican platform it currently states, "We believe human life begins at conception and is protected by the unalienable rights endowed by our Creator along with the fundamental right to life and shall not be infringed upon." The United States Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has been long overdue, but thankfully the abortion issue can now be settled by the states, as it should be. By Caleb Davis
We adults need refresher course in respect: On June 16, I went to my first library board meeting. I want to thank our library board and librarian for the fair and balanced job they do. I was impressed with how they handled a very hostile public meeting. What a rude and disrespectful crowd of adults I witnessed. By Craig Kelson
Donald Trump: A clear, present and growing danger: Judging by the continued moral decay of the Republican Party as evidenced of late by its increasingly more mindless adherence to the never ending lies of the would-be despot by the radical faction, the danger grows more dire by the day, exacerbated by the very decency of those who still believe in and hold out hope for truth, who see and recognize evidence over conjecture and accusation. By Mike Weland
Pete Conrad Leonard, 73, passed away Monday, June 27, 2022, in Bonners Ferry. Services with full military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Mt. Hall Community Church, 1554 Highway 1, Bonners Ferry.
Netra Sue Herford, 81, passed away peacefully at home on July 3, 2022, with her family by her side. Viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, also at Bonners Ferry Funeral Home, 6485 Harrison Street, with a graveside service to follow at Grandview Cemetery.
Lawrence Joseph Brewer was born October 9, 1961, to Russell and Karen (Liston) Brewer in Sioux City, Iowa and passed away November 11, 2021, in Bonners Ferry. A celebration of life for Larry and his son Joey will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at 62 Rocking Tree Road, Bonners ferry. All who knew him are welcome to come.
Joseph Nathaniel Brewer was born June 10, 1994, to Larry Brewer and Debra Henderson. He passed away peacefully on March 11, 2022, from his third battle with cancer. Those of you who knew Joey are invited to his and his father's life celebration at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at 62 Rocking Tree Road, Bonners Ferry.
William Warren Swartz took his last breath on June 22,2022. Warren, as he was always called, was the son of Daniel L. Swartz and Louise M. Stewart Swartz, born on November 15, 1927, in the house built by his maternal grandparents near Daisy, Washington. The doctor who delivered him had delivered his mother in the same house 26 years earlier.
Lana DeBoer Brady, 60, said goodbye as she left us early Tuesday morning, September 21, 2021. A celebration of her wonderful life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Kootenai River Inn, 7169 Plaza Street, Bonners Ferry. Her family would love for you to join them and share your stories and favorite memories of Alana.

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Position Opening; RS14 Registered Nurse
Boundary County Restorium Assisted Living

Salary: $54,000 annual plus full county benefits

Job Summary: Maintains a current license as a Registered Nurse in the State of Idaho. Performs nursing type duties within the guidelines of the Board of Nursing Rules & IDAPA Rules for Assisted Living. Responsible for assuring each resident is assessed according to rules & regulations for assisted living facilities, delegation to UAP's per the Board of Nursing. Will determine the health status of each resident & make recommendations to the Administrator as to their healthcare needs. Must be able to respond to changes in resident's healthcare needs.

Experience Required: Extensive knowledge of the Board of Nursing Rules 23.01.01. At least 2 years of experience working with the elderly. Must demonstrate effective communication skills and work effectively with the elderly, their families, physicians, pharmacy, UAP's and the Administrator. Must have knowledge of common medications and be able to identify possible adverse reactions and be prompt with an appropriate response. Experience in developing care plans and behavior management plans is highly recommended. Computer experience is essential.

Minimum Education: Idaho Licensed Registered Nurse
Closing date: 07/15/2022